Box 14, Folder 15, Document 1

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Box 14, Folder 15, Document 1

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April 4, 1968
To: Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr .
From: Dan Sweat
Subject: Clergymen's Conference
I met with representatives of the Atlanta Christian Council this
morning to discuss followup on the suggested meeting the Clergy
of Atlanta wants to hold to help get further understanding of and
involvement in the problems whieh face the city.
The idea of the ministers is to have a meeting which would include
the religious leadership from the five county area, th elected
political l adership, top business, labor nd education. In effect,
they are talking about an Urban Coalition type m es meeting of the
top leadei.-ship.
They are speaking in term of from 500 to 1,000 persons.
What apparently prompted this int r st on the part of th Clergy wa
Al Bow speech to them. It is now f lt that Mr. Bows h
put th
Cl rgy on the spot and there is fear that the busin ss community h s
gott n out head of the religious community.
Th mini t rs who re hehind thi movement £ l th t th time l at
hand to encour ge some of th more timid mini t r , partlcul rly in
ubuJ'b , to g t moving. They feel th t if these mini t rs can ee
wh t ome of the busine
community is doing and
ying, people lik
�Mayor Allen
Page Two
April 4; 1968
Bows, Paul Austin, Sterne, etc., that they won't feel they're risking
their necks or their pulpits by getting involved in the "urban problems" .
We have tentatively settled on May 6 as the date for the dinner and
would like to issue an invitation to John Gardner. The prog:ram would
consist of "rip-snorting" speeches from you, Paul Austin, John Gardner
and a key religious figure.
The ministers I committee will be in to talk to you about it, present
their ideas and get any suggestions you might have on Wednesday at
2:30 p. m.

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